The speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Acho Ihim has dismissed the insinuations that the State Assembly has become an appendage of the executive arm of government saying that the legislators need not fight a governor who has been performing. Even as the Legislators have put in place all necessary arrangement to host over 700 African Lawmakers.
This was just as he stated that those who have been criticizing the actions of the governor in erecting a statute of South Africa President, Jacob Zuma as a way of honoring him are either doing so out of envy and revealed that they are not honoring Zuma alone as the list include other prominent citizens across the globe..
Ihim, who stated this yesterday during a interactive session with Journalists in the state, noted that the current state House of Assembly has often being maligned as rubber stamps and a mere appendage to Governor stressing that the legislators cannot be fighting with a governor who has transformed the state to show that the are not rubber stamps.
According to him, ” We have been criticized by some people that we are rubber stamps because we have not been fighting the state governor. But the question is why fight a governor who is working and transforming the state? The present House which is under my leadership shares in the visions and aspirations of Owelle Rochas Okorocha and that is why we have effectively collaborated with him to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Imo”.
Adding, should we fight the governor that he should stop the free education ? Or the urban renewal or the infrastructural development in the state, so, what have done as legislators is to support him to succeed “.
He maintained that the governor has equally reciprocated by funding the activities of the Assembly including the acceptance of the state government to host the 48th Conference of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association starting this Friday.
However, the Imo state House Assembly Speaker has described those who have criticized the governor over the unveiling of the statute of President Jacob Zuma as either naive or short sighted saying that Zuma was not the first person to be honoured by the governor.
People who have been criticizing the governor over the unveiling of the statute of President Jacob Zuma are either naive or shortsighted because the first person who was honoured is Dr
Alex Ekwueme and the Ghanian President and their own statutes are yet to be unveiled so, I don’t what the fuss is all about”.
He further noted that after the president Zuma and the governor
signed the MOU between their foundations that the president of South Africa had a meeting with businessmen in the state to explore ways in which South Africa can assist the state to grow her economy through the establishment of an industrial park.